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DA lays criminal charges against Enoch Mgijima Municipal officials

Jul 19, 2018
DA lays criminal charges against Enoch Mgijima Municipal officials

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality on Thursday laid charges of fraud, corruption, and the contravention of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA), Municipal Systems Act and Municipal Structures Act against current and former officials and Councillors of the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality (EMLM).

The Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality, which is based at Queenstown, was established after the August 2016 local elections by the merging of Tsolwana, Inkwanca, Lukhanji local municipalities. 

"Over 21 office bearers and municipal officials including current Mayor Nokuzola Tolashe, Speaker Mzoxolo Peter, and Municipal Manager Chris Magwangqana are implicated in these allegations which may constitute embezzlement and contravention of municipal legislation," said Enoch Mgijima Constituency Leader, Terri Stander MP.

"The Auditor-General reported over R900 million in irregular, unauthorised, fruitless and wasteful expenditure which the Council tried to write off in February 2018.

"More than 20 allegations include the irregular appointments and remuneration of councillors as full-time, as well as the signature of an acknowledgment of debt of R21 million to Milowo Trading Enterprise."

Stander said that attached to those allegations is an amount of approximately R3.3 million paid to the 10 ANC Councillors from September 2016 to July 2017 after they were illegally appointed as full-time Councillors by a former Mayor.

She said that the DA has:

  • Appealed to the Council and to the Municipal Public Accounts Committee to take action;
  • In March 2018, written to the MEC for Cooperate Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Fikile Xasa, to place the municipality under administration; and
  • In June 2018 written to the Minister of Finance and Minister to intervene.

"Despite all the DA’s attempts, no action has been taken. If the ANC won’t take action against their own, the DA will."